Wednesday, January 8, 2020

JANUARY 2020 IWSG

The first IWSG of 2020.


Alex J Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG are T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!!!

January 8 question. What started you on your writing journey. Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher, coach, spouse, friend, parent? Did you just know suddenly you wanted to write?

I'm glad you asked. I hadn't thought about it, until now. Many years ago, I wrote a poem for a school assignment. The teacher sent it to Young America Sings, an Anthology of Texas High School Poetry.  To my surprise, they published "Stars," my poem. And so, I became a famous author. No, in fact, I wrote nothing else unless it was a school assignment. Being an author was not in my plans. I wasn't even a reader. Last thing on my mind.

Fast forward a few years, and I'm a teacher. Whoa! Who would have thought it? Life is strange. One never knows what the future may bring. Here's what started me on the magical path of writing. I taught at different grade levels for several years, and they finally put me in 5th-grade science. I was a bit nervous because science was not my best subject. But you know what? I loved it. My students explained things to me when I did not understand. Yes, they were smart. And we did fascinating experiments.  And, we didn't burn down the building.

It was working with the students and their creations that pointed me toward writing. We did such fun activities that I got to thinking, that's always scary, but it turned out good. Children's magazines would most likely publish some of the experiments we did. So, I sent some of our classroom activities to different magazines, like "Jack and Jill" and others. And, I became a published author.

Then, I got brave and wrote a YA novel. I knew nothing about the rules, but it was published on a disk, as an audiobook. They went out of business shortly. Another publisher gave me a contract, and it was published in 2010. The publisher changed hands or something, and it was republished in 2016. I don't understand, but the book is still in print. 

Now, there is no stopping me. I now have 13 books in print. Two that no longer are in print. My next YA novel is due out March 17, 2020. I'm excited.

Tell us what started you on your writing journey? 

Happy Writing!










23 comments:

  1. That was a wonderful story of your beginnings! Congrats on soooo many books published!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I'm having fun with my writing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Funny you wound up a teacher.

    I'm certainly excited about your upcoming release.

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    1. I was as surprised as everyone else, Diane. It turned out to be the right thing to do. I enjoyed it.

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  3. You started writing science experiments - now that's great!

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    1. It was fun, Alex. I learned as much as my students did.

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  4. That's a lot of changes in publishing to deal with, but the fact it's still published is great. :)

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  5. Love how your teaching has gotten you into your writing. Excited for your new YA book.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. I was as surprised as anyone when I started writing for magazines. Really enjoyed it.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your story, Beverly. It was fun to read about your author beginnings. As for me, good question! I just remember always wanting to write. Initially, I didn't give children's books a thought; yet, here I am:) We shall see what the future holds!

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    1. I'm happy to share, Karin. And now you are writing. You never know. Children's books are fun to write, I think. I see a bright future for you.

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  7. You sure went through a lot publishing the first. On a roll now though. Great that the kiddos helped inspire you as much as you did them.

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    1. I sure did, Pat. I also learned a lot. Yep, on a roll. Kiddos are priceless.

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  8. You were a publish author at a very early age! I'm impressed beyond measure. Thanks for telling us that super story.

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    1. At the time, lee, I wasn't really thinking about being an author. But i liked the A my teacher gave me. I still have a copy of the book. Thanks for your kind words.

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  9. Great post Beverly, I found I could "Dabble in Poetry" after my husband passed away 21 yrs ago. found I could express my thoughts and feelings that way.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. You write lovely poetry. Your heart is always in it.

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  10. I love our story. Your next book comes out a day before my birthday. Maybe a birthday present to myself.

    Good luck on it.
    Teresa

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    1. Thank you, T. Powell. Happy soon to be your birthday. A present to yourself would be great. I do that sometimes. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  11. Bravo, Beverly! Wow! Poetry, science experiments, and a novel. Seriously, this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. All best in 2020!

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    1. Life is good, Victoria. I'm happy. Forget about the stories that didn't make it. The best to you in the new year, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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